Poker is a card game of skill, chance and deception where players bet against each other and the dealer. It is a game of high risk where players must decide whether to call or raise a bet depending on the strength of their hand and the betting behavior of their opponents. A strong hand requires good bluffing skills but even with a bad hand, a player can still win.

The game starts with a shuffle and the dealer dealing each player 2 cards face down. There is then a round of betting which begins with the player to their left. After this there is a revealed card called the flop. A new round of betting ensues with the player to their left making a decision about whether they want to call, raise or fold.

As the game progresses there may be a number of rounds of betting where each player can either raise or fold their hand and their opponent’s bets will increase or decrease accordingly. During this time the other players in the game must also decide whether to call or raise the bets made by the others in their hand.

To be a good poker player you must learn to read the other players in the table, their eye movements, idiosyncrasies and betting patterns. For example if a player calls many bets and then all of the sudden makes a large raise it is a tell that they have a strong hand that should not be folded.